Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Snatched from the Jaws of Defeat ( against a 1700+ USCF player)

I’ve been playing against the French a lot lately. Last night I had the white side of a French classical variation against an upper 1700 player. I was still in book by move 15 and then I miss played the center. After this position:
(White to Move)

I played 21: Nxc4 thinking I had done a great thing but never took into account the simple 21…Qb7 winning the knight. Better was the thematic Qc3.

However, I trudged onward and reached this position and saw an opportunity to redeem myself:

(Black to Move)

Black played 32 ..Nxd6, 33 exd6+ Kf8 34 Qxh7 with a mate threat and at the very least a chance to do a perpetual check. Instead I got a lucky break . Black tried 34…Qxg2+ and didn’t see my best reply being 35 Ka1. followed by Rg1.

Here is the game in PGN:
[Event "Game 1204, MCC Spring Break Swiss"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2007.04.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Duval, George"]
[Black "Kaprielian, Mark"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C14"]
[Annotator "Fritz 10 (30s)"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2006.11.24"]
[SourceDate "2002.06.24"]

{C14: French: Classical System: 4 Bg5 Be7 main line} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. f4 a6 8. Nf3 c5 9. dxc5 Qxc5 10. Qd2 Nc6 11. O-O-O b5 12. Bd3 Nb6 13. Ne2 Nc4 14. Bxc4 bxc4 15. Nfd4 Nb4 16. Nc3 Bd7 17. a3 Nc6 18. Nf3 Rb8 19. Ne4 Qb6 20. Nd6+ Ke7 21. Nxc4 Qb7 22. Ng5 dxc4 23. Qd6+ Ke8 24. b4 cxb3 25. cxb3 Na5 26. b4 Rc8+ 27. Kb1 Nc4 28. Qd4 Ke7 29. Ne4 Nxa3+ 30. Ka2 Nb5 31. Qd3 Rhd8 32. Nd6 Nxd6 33. exd6+ Kf8 34. Qxh7 Qxg2+ 35. Ka1 f6 36. Rhg1 Bc6 37. Rxg2 Bxg2 38. Rg1 Rxd6 39. Qh8+ Kf7 40. Qxc8 Bc6 41. Qc7+ {Black Resigns} 1-0



Anonymous said...

Very nice game! I'm also working with GM RAM but I have had little chance to play since I started. What is your impression of it so far? R Kaucher

BlunderProne said...

I sought out GM-Ram for the sole reason it forced me to think. I have too many books where it’s far too easy to look at the solutions after only a few minutes of “looking” at the problem. I am at the point where I have read all the Silman, Kotov and other’s theories on positional analysis. I needed practice in applying this knowledge more. I do OTB games at a club once a week. But to stay in shape beyond merely doing tactics, I wanted a book that forced me to think. Its tough but well worth it.
The first sections are on endgame techniques and looks at key positions. Subtle variations in these key positions are nice because it makes you think about the game. I work those like I do the tactical puzzles I train with. Only when I think I have the right answer along with a few prime variations, do I plug the position into Fritz ( or an online endgame datatbase) for validation.
The second section is the middle game positions derived from the 60 classic games the author thinks are worth committing to memory. Here, I set up a chess board and set the clock as if I am playing these games.

The last section has the games listed. I am in the process of entering them into a database and annotating them.

So far, I find that I am getting more accurate and confident with my ability to correctly analyze the position OTB.

I hope this helps.

Blue Devil Knight said...

Nice game!

Anonymous said...

Prepare to die BlunderProne! We are scheduled to meet next week.

Bwwaahh Haaahaaa!


BlunderProne said...

I've called the undertaker, Globular, and sent him YOUR dimensions!
You're going down!

Anonymous said...

That was some hard fighting :)

Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

Way to stay tenacious! Nothing like going -5 to +11 in a few moves. I almost never resign when I drop a minor piece. At club level, you just don't know what's going to happen.

takchess said...

Are you playing in Bow Nh on the 21st 4 games at 60 minutes? Was this the tourney you were asking me about earlier?

Jim W. Takchess

BlunderProne said...


I am talking about this G60 event promoted by MACA:

This is on Sunday April 22 in natick... at the same place I go to my weekly Chess club.